Lily Tomlin Biography (1939?-)

Original name, Mary Jean Tomlin; born September 1, 1939 (some sources cite 1936), in Detroit, MI; daughter of Guy (a factory worker) and Lillie Mae (a nurse's aide; maiden name, Ford) Tomlin; companion of Jane Wagner (a writer andproducer). Addresses: Agent: Scott Henderson, William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, comedienne, writer, producer
Birth Details
September 1, 1939?
Detroit, Michigan, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • The Garry Moore Show, CBS, 1966
  • Host, The Music Scene, ABC, 1969-1970
  • Cast, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (also known as Laugh-In),NBC, 1969-1973
  • Voice of Ms. Frizzle, The Magic School Bus (also known as Scholastic's The Magic School Bus), PBS, beginning 1994
  • Kay Carter-Shepley, Murphy Brown, CBS, 1996-1998
  • Deborah Fiderer, a recurring role, The West Wing, NBC, 2002-
  • Specials
  • The Lily Tomlin Show, CBS, 1973
  • Lily, CBS, 1973
  • Royal Variety Performance, ABC, 1973
  • Flip Wilson ... of Course, NBC, 1974
  • Lily, ABC, 1975
  • The Lily Tomlin Special, ABC, 1975
  • The Paul Simon Special, NBC, 1977
  • Lily: Sold Out, CBS, 1981
  • The Muppets Go Hollywood (also known as The Muppets Go to the Movies), ABC, 1981
  • Multiple characters, Lily for President, CBS, 1982
  • Host, CBS' Happy New Year America 1984, CBS, 1984
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Lillian Gish, CBS, 1984
  • Lily Tomlin, PBS, 1987
  • Kraft Salutes Super Night at the Super Bowl, CBS, 1987
  • Funny, You Don't Look 200 (also known as Funny, You Don't Look200: A Constitutional Vaudeville), ABC, 1987
  • Caesar's 20th Birthday Celebration, Showtime, 1887
  • An All-Star Celebration: The '88 Vote, ABC, 1988
  • The Comedy Club Special (also known as The Best of the Comedy Clubs), ABC, 1988
  • Free to Be ... a Family, ABC, 1988
  • Superstars and Their Moms, ABC, 1988
  • Fifty Years of Television: A Golden Celebration, CBS, 1989
  • America's All-Star Tribute to Oprah Winfrey, ABC, 1990
  • An Evening with Bette, Cher, Goldie, Meryl, Olivia, Lily, and Robin, ABC, 1990
  • Motown 30: What's Goin' On!, CBS, 1990
  • Host, Funny Women of Television: A Museum of Television and Radio Tribute (also known as Funny Women of Television), NBC, 1991
  • A Party for Richard Pryor, CBS, 1991
  • A Salute to America's Pets, ABC, 1991
  • "Helen Hayes: First Lady of the American Theatre," American Masters, PBS, 1991
  • Women Aloud (also known as Funny Ladies), Comedy Central, 1992
  • Back to School '92 (also known as Education First!), CBS, 1992
  • Free to Laugh: A Comedy and Music Special for Amnesty International, Lifetime, 1992
  • HBO's 20th Anniversary--We Hardly Believe It Ourselves, CBS and HBO, 1992
  • Ernestine, In a New Light '93, ABC, 1993
  • Ernestine, Sesame Street Stays Up Late! A Monster New Year's Eve Party (also known as Sesame Street Stays Up Late!), PBS, 1993
  • Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America, HBO, 1993
  • Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In 25th Anniversary Reunion (also known as Laugh-In's 25th Anniversary), NBC, 1993
  • Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In Past and Present Christmas Special (also known as Laugh-In Past Christmas Present), NBC, 1993
  • Voice of Edith Ann, Edith Ann: Homeless Go Home (animated), ABC, 1994
  • Luck, Trust, and Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country (also known as Luck, Trust, and Ketchup), Bravo, 1994
  • Voice of Edith Ann and voice of Grossmutti, Edith Ann: A Few Pieces ofthe Puzzle (animated), ABC, 1994
  • Growing Up Funny, Lifetime, 1994
  • Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In: A Valentine's Day Special, NBC, 1994
  • (In archive footage) But ... Seriously, Showtime, 1994
  • Narrator, The Celluloid Closet (also known as Gefangen in der Traumfabrik), HBO, 1995
  • What Makes You Laugh?, ABC, 1995
  • The Rosemary Clooney Golden Anniversary Celebration (also known asGolden Anniversary, Rosemary Clooney's Demi-Centennial, and Rosemary Clooney's Golden Anniversary), Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman, NBC, 1995
  • Night of about 14 CBS Stars, Comedy Central, 1995
  • Comic Relief American Comedy Festival, ABC, 1995
  • Voice of Edith Ann, Edith Ann's Christmas: Just Say Noel (animated), ABC, 1996
  • Voice of Ms. Frizzle, The Magic School Bus Family Holiday Special(animated), PBS, 1996
  • (In archive footage) Classic Stand-up Comedy of Television, 1996
  • Happy Birthday Elizabeth: A Celebration of Life, ABC, 1997
  • American Comedy Honors, Fox, 1997
  • Reno's imaginary godmother, Reno Finds Her Mom, HBO, 1997
  • Intimate Portrait: Ann Richards, Lifetime, 1998
  • Intimate Portrait: Bella Abzug, Lifetime, 1999
  • Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary, NBC, 1999
  • AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Stars, CBS, 1999
  • AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies, CBS, 2000
  • Intimate Portrait: Madeline Kahn, Lifetime, 2000
  • (In archive footage) The Beverly Hillbillies: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2001
  • I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special, CBS, 2001
  • Only a Teacher, PBS, 2001
  • (In archive footage) Just for Laughs (also known as Judith Lucy's Just for Laughs), 2002
  • The Heroes of Black Comedy, Comedy Central, 2002
  • Also appeared in Live ... and in Person, NBC; and Save the Planet.
  • Episodic
  • The Flip Wilson Show, 1970
  • The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, 1970
  • Guest panelist, The Hollywood Squares, multiple appearances, between 1970 and 1975
  • The Carol Burnett Show, 1972
  • Cher, 1975
  • Host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1975 and 1976
  • Guest, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1977, 1983
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, multiple appearances, beginning 1980
  • Guest host, The Midnight Special, 1981
  • "Cousin Rita," Pryor's Place, CBS, 1984
  • Late Show with David Letterman, NBC, multiple appearances, beginning 1985
  • The Dick Cavett Show, ABC, 1986
  • Guest caller Rita, "The Unkindest Cut of All," Frasier, NBC, 1994
  • Rose Halligan, "The Hat," Homicide: Life on the Street (also knownas H: LOTS and Homicide), NBC, 1996
  • "A Very P.C. Christmas (Holiday)," Clueless, 1997
  • Herself and Edith Ann, The Roseanne Show, 1998
  • Lida, "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas," The X-Files, Fox, 1998
  • Herself, "Silent but Deadly," Bette, CBS, 2000
  • Also appeared on the Merv Griffin talk show in the 1960s; The Paula Poundstone Show; and Who's Who, CBS.
  • Movies
  • Dr. Selma Dritz, And the Band Played on, HBO, 1993
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 31st Annual Tony Awards, 1977
  • The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1978
  • The 21st Annual Grammy Awards, 1979
  • Presenter, The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards, 1981
  • The 40th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1986
  • The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1987
  • The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1988
  • The 42nd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1988
  • The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1989
  • The 44th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1990
  • Presenter, The Movie Awards, CBS, 1991
  • The 45th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1991
  • The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1991
  • Host, The 10th Annual Montreal Comedy Festival, Showtime, 1992
  • Presenter, The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1992
  • Presenter, The 34th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1992
  • The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1992
  • Host, The 14th Annual CableACE Awards, Lifetime, 1993
  • The 47th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1993
  • Presenter, The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1994
  • The 50th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1996
  • The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1996
  • Presenter, The 11th Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1997
  • The First Ten Awards: Tony 2001, PBS, 2001
  • Host, The 46th Annual Drama Desk Awards, PBS, 2001
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Specials
  • Lily: Sold Out, CBS, 1981
  • (And creator) Edith Ann: Homeless Go Home (animated), ABC, 1994
  • (And creator) Edith Ann: A Few Pieces of the Puzzle (animated), ABC, 1994
  • (With others) The Celluloid Closet (also known as Gefangen in der Traumfabrik), HBO, 1995
  • Edith Ann's Christmas: Just Say Noel (animated), ABC, 1996
  • Reno Finds Her Mom, 1997
  • Pilots
  • Citizen Reno, Bravo, 2001
  • Film Appearances
  • Linnea Reese, Nashville, Paramount, 1975
  • Margo Sperling, The Late Show, Warner Bros., 1977
  • Trisha Rawlings, Moment by Moment, Universal, 1978
  • Violet Newstead, Nine to Five (also known as 9 to 5), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Pat Kramer/Judith Beasley, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Universal, 1981
  • Edwina Cutwater, All of Me, Universal, 1984
  • Lily Tomlin (documentary), Broomfield Churchill Productions, 1987
  • Rose Ratliff/Rose Shelton, Big Business, Buena Vista, 1988
  • Multiple characters, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Orion Classics, 1991
  • Prostitute, Shadows and Fog, Orion, 1992
  • Herself, The Player, Fine Line, 1992
  • Miss Jane Hathaway, The Beverly Hillbillies, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1993
  • Doreen Piggot, Short Cuts, Fine Line, 1993
  • Kenny McNeny, Blue in the Face, Miramax, 1995
  • Inga Mueller, Getting Away with Murder, Savoy Pictures, 1996
  • Mary Schlichting, Flirting with Disaster, Miramax, 1996
  • Ruth Allen, Krippendorf's Tribe, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Georgie, Tea with Mussolini (also known as Un te con Mussolini), G2 Films, 1999
  • Get Bruce! (documentary), Miramax, 1999
  • Picking Up the Pieces, Kushner-Locke, 2000
  • Janet, The Kid (also known as Disney's The Kid), Buena Vista/Walt Disney, 2000
  • Charlotte Cobb, Orange County, Paramount, 2002
  • Film Work
  • Executive producer (with Jane Wagner), The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Orion Classics, 1991
  • Stage Appearances
  • Arf, Stage 73, New York City, 1969
  • The Great Airplane Snatch, Stage 73, 1969
  • Appearing Nitely (solo show), Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (solo show), Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA, then Plymouth Theatre, New York City, both 1985, later James A. Doolittle Theatre, Los Angeles, 1986-1987, then Eisenhower Theater, Washington, DC, 1988, revived at Booth Theatre, New York City, 2000-2001
  • Major Tours
  • The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (solo show), U.S. cities, 2000
  • Stage Producer
  • Appearing Nitely (solo show), Biltmore Theatre, 1977
  • The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (solo show), Plymouth Theatre, 1985, then James A. Doolittle Theatre, 1986-1987
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • This Is a Recording, Polydor, 1971
  • (With Jane Wagner) And That's the Truth, Polydor, 1972
  • (With Wagner) Modern Scream, Polydor, 1975
  • (With Wagner) Lily Tomlin on Stage, Arista, 1977
  • (With Barry Manilow) Barry, 1980
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Specials
  • The Lily Tomlin Show, CBS, 1973
  • Lily, CBS, 1973
  • Lily, ABC, 1975
  • The Lily Tomlin Special, ABC, 1975
  • The Paul Simon Special, NBC, 1977
  • Lily: Sold Out, CBS, 1981
  • Lily for President, CBS, 1982
  • Edith Ann: A Few Pieces of the Puzzle (animated), ABC, 1994
  • Stage Shows
  • (With Jane Wagner) Appearing Nitely (solo show), Biltmore Theatre,1977
  • Film Music
  • Lyricist, Nashville, Paramount, 1975

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Sorensen, Jeff, Lily Tomlin: Woman of a Thousand Faces, St. Martin's Press, 1989
    • St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, 2000
    Periodicals
    • Advocate, November 5, 1991, p. 78
    • American Film, May, 1988, p. 20
    • Celebrity Sleuth, Volume 4, number 5, 1991, pp. 86-87
    • Interview, May, 1988, p. 52
    • New York Times, March 20, 1977
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 8, 2000
    • TV Guide, August 15, 1992, p. 16
    Electronic
    • Lily Tomlin, http://www.lilytomlin.com, January 3, 2003
    Other
    • Lily Tomlin (documentary film), Broomfield Churchill Productions,1987

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